Seabirds are half as likely to crash into offshore wind farms as scientists previously thought, according to an industry study backed by the RSPB. The two-year study looked at more than 600,000 videos of turbines and recorded only six collisions with birds. Only 2 per cent of the videos showed any evidence of birds. “The analysis revealed that collision risk of seabirds was less than half of what would be expected based on current understanding,” the researchers said. “During the study seabirds were observed to exhibit avoidance behavior and change their flight path to avoid the turbines.” The project was commissioned by 11 offshore wind developers, who said that it was proof that the government could “rapidly and sustainably grow the offshore wind sector by 2030”. The conservationists involved said that more studies were needed. Aly McCluskie, from the RSPB, said that the research had generated an unprecedented amount of data, but she added that there was still “much uncertainty in our understanding of how birds behave in the vicinity of wind turbines”.
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The Humber has become “the envy of the world” for offshore wind power, a major conference in Hull will be told next week. Siemens Gamesa are the headline sponsor for the Offshore Wind Connections conference, which will see leading industry figures from across the UK meet at the DoubleTree Hilton on April 25 and 26. The group will also hear about the impact Siemens Gamesa have made in the Humber region since opening their factory in Hull in 2016.
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